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Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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Interactive graphics breakthroughs highlight Siggraph 2015 Emerging Technologies

Interactive graphics breakthroughs highlight Siggraph 2015 Emerging Technologies

The theme of “Work and Play,Technology that Improves Daily Lives” pushes the boundaries from what graphics do today to what they can do soon. The latest research into interactive graphics applications will take the center stage at this year’s Emerging Technologies program at Siggraph 2015. The projects in the 2015 program fall under the theme […]

Autodesk puts 123D products on Windows mobile devices

Autodesk puts 123D products on Windows mobile devices

The free apps let Windows phone and tablet users join the 123D community. Autodesk is extending its 123D family of graphics apps to Windows. 123D Catch is now available for Windows Phone and Catch and 123D Sculpt+ are now Windows 8.1 apps. 123D Catch uses the phone’s camera to shoot photographs around something, then upload […]

Speed increases ripple through Enlighten dot-update

Speed increases ripple through Enlighten dot-update

Tweaks throughout the production process make this real-time global illumination engine run faster. A dot-update to global real-time illumination engine Enlighten features changes that extend scalability, reduce solver time, and improve lighting placement flexibility in game development. New features in Geomerics Enlighten 3.02 include: High level build system (HLBS): A code refresh to the build […]

Adding cloud to the Windows render farm

Adding cloud to the Windows render farm

Thinkbox Deadline adds one-click access to Microsoft Azure New templates from Thinkbox Software allow its render-and-compute management software Deadline to support one-click access to Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. Starting today, Deadline is now available in the Azure Marketplace, a download site for acquiring Azure-compatible software and utilities. Because Deadline controls compute resources on both […]

Holographic visualization gives design firm a leg up

Holographic visualization gives design firm a leg up

Britto Charette found a way to help the “spatially challenged” understand the plan.   The architectural firm Britto Charette specializes in luxury interiors for a global clientele. Their work has been in leading design publications, and their staff is well-traveled and multilingual. But it wasn’t just a striking design plan or a packed resume that […]

CineSync jumps on the Shotgun bandwagon

CineSync jumps on the Shotgun bandwagon

Remote video and animation reviewing in the fast-growing Autodesk Shotgun ecosystem Cospective CineSync Pro is the latest video content editing product to build an extension to the Autodesk Shotgun video production management system. The Academy Award winning synchronized review and approval tool is already in use at several major film production companies. Connecting with the […]

Airbus to acquire 30,000 Aras PLM seats

Airbus to acquire 30,000 Aras PLM seats

Old PLM systems never die at Airbus; Aras Innovator will connect the past to the future. PLM vendor Aras today announced a strategic partner agreement with Airbus to use the Aras Innovator PLM platform for engineering business processes for up to 30,000 users or more. A key use of Aras Innovator will be in the […]

Autodesk updates Fusion 360 with distributed design

Autodesk updates Fusion 360 with distributed design

There are also improvements to sketching, 2D drawing, 3D printing prep, and links with new partners. Autodesk continues its rapid pace of innovation for Fusion 360, its cloud-based MCAD software. New this week are a variety of updates topped by new ability to have multiple designers working on a model at the same time. Autodesk […]

Former Mainframe2 nets $10 million in VC funding

Former Mainframe2 nets $10 million in VC funding

Renamed Frame, the cloud-based hosting service for software is becoming popular with graphics software vendors. Frame (formally known as Mainframe2) an online platform that lets users run any software in a browser, announces securing $10 million in Series A funding from a trio of Silicon Valley venture capital firms. Dr. Nikola Bozinovic started Frame in […]

Visualizing the airline passenger experience in 3D

Visualizing the airline passenger experience in 3D

Dassault Systèmes introduces interactive tools for aircraft design, manufacture, and marketing. By Kathleen Maher Dassault Systèmes brought some virtual reality (VR) pizazz to the recent Paris Air Show as part of its Build to Operate package of products and processes. Build to Operate has been developed around Dassault’s Delmia Apriso. The company introduced its digital […]